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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1918.
DOCTORS AND THE LEPROSY PROBLEM
THE MAUI NEWS
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WILL. J. COOPER : : EDITOR AND MANAGER
FRIDAY : : : DECEMBER 27, 1918.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
At the dawn of a wonderful new era for the xrorld, the MAUI
NEWS Irishes for each its readers an abundant measure of health,
prosperity and happiness for the Nczc Year.
GIVE HONOLULU SELF-GOVERNMENT
It should not be difficult for Honolulu and the rest of the territory
to get together on a basis for future appropriations that would be mu
tually satisfactory, and thus end in large measure the perennial clash
ing, jealousies and charges of unfair practices that mark every session
of the legislature. The territory should be willing that Honolulu should
be absolutely self governing. Honolulu should be willing to keep her
hands off appropriations and expenditures in the country districts
Honolulu should, like practically all mainland cities, have power to
assess and collect her own taxes, to float her own bonds, to provide for
and to manage her own school system, water and sewerage systems, and
other institutions solely her own. This would mean that Honolulu city
should have definite boundary lines and be divorced entirely from the
county of Oahu. Oahu, outside of Honolulu would continue to be a
country county like the other counties of the territory, with its board of
supervisors distinct from that of the city.
Something of this kind will have to come sooner or later. The
present system is antequated. It harks back to the time before county
government was established, when the territory was the whole thing,
and when the outside counties were dependent upon the vagaries of the
public works department of the territory for everything they got. It
was only by degrees that the grip of the territory has been pried loose,
and every step of this progress has been bitterly opposed by the re
actionaries by those who believe in popular rule in theory but not in
Undoubtedly the principal cause of the reluctance of the counties
to have a reapportionment of the legislature arises from fear of getting
back into the control of the city of Honolulu as was actually the case
under the old territorial rule, since the government then really was what
Honolulu made it.
The situation in Hawaii today, as the Hilo Tribune points out, is
nothing new. Almost every state in the Union in which there is one
large city, has had the same sort of conflict between the country and
the city interests. These have been worked out largely through making
the cities almost totally independent of the country as far as their local
affairs are concerned, particularly in the matter of finances. A study
of thase things should be helpful in finding a solution to the problem
tkat now confronts us.
HOLD YOUR BONDS
Hold your Liberty Bonds and W ar Savings Certificates. Hold
them first, because they are the best investment in the world backed by
every resources in the United States is the appeal of Secretary of the
Treasury William G. McAdoo, as sent to Twelfth Federal Reserve
District .Liberty Loan headquarters :
Following is the Secretary's statement :
"Hold your Liberty Bonds and War Savings Certificates. Hold
them first, because they are the best investment in the world backed
by erery resource in the United States.
"Hold them because you have made sacrifices in order to buy them.
Why pass on to some one else the contract you have entered into with
"Hold them because, even though the war may be over, it has not
yet been paid for. The Treasury Department must soon issue more
bonds. Every sale now made by you makes future government issues
more difficult and more expensive. This expense can be borne only
by the people of the United States; therefore, why add to the already
"Hold them because the time may come when such an investment
will prove to be a true friend in time of need, a guaranty against the
fear of debt and insurance against real hardships.
"Hold them because the need for saving is not over. Government
expenses are today larger than at any time during the war. Our boys
in France and Germany must be paid and fed and clothed, and, when
their work is over transported home. THEY HAVE NOT QUIT.
WHY SHOULD YOU?
"Hold your Liberty Bonds instead of exchanging them for some
other so-called 'Security' because you know the security of your Unit
ed States bond and cannot often know the worth of what is offered in
exchange. The 'Get Rich Quick' crook is ready to steal your bonds
from you at the first opportunity.
. "Hold them because of the interest they pay. Hold them because
it is good business to do so. What good will the idle pleasure of need
less luxury bought today with the proceeds of your bonds be to you a
year from now? You bond works for you, drawing interest day and
night, week davs and Sundays.
"HOLD YOUR BONDS DON'T BE A QUITTER; BE A
The Hawaiian Medical Association wants to have the leper station
turned over to the federal government. They doubtless see in their I
professional minds' eye a model institution on Molokai, with everything !
running on ball-bearings and the whole place fenced in with beautiful,
. These doctors, in their professional enthusiasm, evidently forget
that they are also citizens of an autonomous community; that they have
x duty as citizens perhaps even higher than their professional duty.
They should rather first bend their energies to helping Hawaii to handle
her own affairs efficiently instead of talking of lessening her responsibil
Besides this, Hawaii hasn't done badly in handling the leprosy
question one of the most distressing and difficult problems any state
ever had to grapple with. There is still something to be desired, of
course, but there is nothing to warrant the conclusion that we are not
amply able to deal with the situation.
IV I LH ELM WOLTERS CAMOUFLAGED HUN
Jumping at conclusions is never safe. That this is particularly risky
where a German is suspected of harboring decent sensibilities, is proven
in the case of the late Wilhelm Wolters, American citizen in name but
Hun at heart.
Wolters, following many years of residence in Hawaii, amassed
a fortune of about half a million dollars. Also he managed to impress
pretty generally upon those who came in contact with him that he
really was an American. When he died a few weeks ago his memory
was lauded in the newspapers.
And then his will came to light by which he sought to turn over to
Germany the entire fortune which his American residence had enabled
him to acquire. Moreover this will was made four months after the
United States went to war with Germany. And yet Wolters was able
to camouflage his true sentiments successfully up to the t'me of his
There may be good Germans, though such cases as Wolters' shakes
ones faith. Even at the risk of doing an injustice occasionally it would
seem that there is no course to take but to insist on tests, on proofs much
more convincing than mere lip avowal.
In this particular case of Wolters it seem-s a clear case for Mr.
Palmer. The money that came from the soil of Jiawn'. should not be
turned oyer to Germany. Also as a matter of record a: least, Wolter's
citizenship should have a post mortem cancellation attached to it. His
bones should not be permitted to occupy the grave of an American
What debt did Wilhelm Wolters ow to Get many, (which gave him
nothing) and how did he figure he owed nothing to the United States
which gave him all he had?
Only a Hun can answer that question.
The "watch nm Rhein" these days is probably a Yankee wrist-watch.
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